Possibly one of the more confusing pieces of wedding planning isn't really for the wedding day, but actually the day before. Rehearsal Dinners are meant to be relaxing, fun, and casual, but there's not much information on the whats and whys of the actual event. So to clarify, I've written a list of commonly asked questions regarding the rehearsal so you can take the pressure off and focus on planning a night to enjoy pre-wedding.
If you're reading this, you're either curious about the title, or have just been asked to be the Maid of Honor for your best friend. You're likely on google, printing off all the checklists you can find. Your brain is buzzing and you don't know where to start!
I am here to offer some guidance. First thing is first. Breathe! Remember, you are not the planner. The bride has hired a planner so that you may be present on her wedding day. You might have a pile of chores following up to the wedding, but remember, you are human. You can only do so much. My tip? Prioritize! Create a checklist (like this one) of all the important tasks you need to do. Rate them based on importance and take each task on one at a time. In addition to the usual projects, such as sending out emails, and organizing the registry, here are some duties to add to your checklist:
Research the Vendors: Unless the bride knows who she is going to hire, or has received a recommendation from another couple, it’s your duty to help a girl out! A simple way to search for vendors is through local wedding hashtags on Instagram! It’s more fun and easier than spending hours on google or outdated vendor resource websites. You are able to see part of the vendor’s portfolio right away, and if you like them enough, check out their website! Remember to make a list of your favorites and send them to the bride. It’s still her job to reach out to the vendors!
Coordinate the Bridesmaids: Communication is key! You will have the responsibility of coordinating the bridal shower, the bachelorette party, the rehearsal, and the getting ready timelines. It’s easy for all of these events to go off schedule, but you get to play the boss and make sure it doesn’t! Tell the bridesmaids where to be, when to be there, and what the dress codes are. Make sure you are giving them buffer time in case they run late, so they can still be on time. This is especially important for the day of the wedding! The bridesmaids can easily lose track of time, so it’s your job to keep the order.|
Complete the “Boring Tasks”: From licking envelopes and sticking stamps, to creating the seating chart. Not everything about wedding planning is entertaining! Help the bride out with these boring tasks to make it go by faster. You will be better friends because of it! Other boring tasks include: sending emails, and handling the gift registry.
Give Her Love: Wedding planning is stressful, no matter how much help is involved. Steer her mind off the negative and encourage girl nights! Day drinking, pedicures, and Netflix are essential! Make sure she knows you have her back, and you’re there to lend an ear. Trust me, when it’s your turn to plan your wedding, you be she’s going to return the favor!
Help with the Surprises: Whether it’s the bride surprising the groom, the groom surprising the bride, or someone else surprising them both, you’re the first to know! Secrets are hard to keep, but think of their faces. You will be in charge of making sure the right people know, and the surprise follows through. Some examples include: Surprise Band/Musician, Surprise Decoration, Surprise Reception Announcement, Surprise Guest Appearance, Surprise Dessert, and Surprise Farewell Event. No matter how big or small, it’s always great to be a part of a special something nobody else knew about.
You're off to a great start! You've got this!
Let’s talk about PANTONE! Last week I mentioned a couple of ways you can add this years Spring/Summer palettes to your wedding bouquet. Today I wanted to continue that conversation to inspire any element of your wedding day! If you’ve had a chance to review this year’s colors, you might find them a little challenging to use or wonder what are the best pairings to really make the most out of the colors. Recently I’ve found myself encouraging my clients to be inspired by color combinations more than outfit ideas to inspire their looks for their photoshoot. It’s because of both of those thoughts, I decided to create this post!
Whether you’re looking to revamp your closest, need some ideas for your photoshoot outfits, or are looking for ways to tie this year’s colors into your wedding, I hope you’ll find these combos inspiring! I tried to make use of color as often as possible, but some tones really required muted colors to balance their vibrancy. When in doubt, you can use any of the Pantone colors with white, grey, or black! Or simply use them on their own!
One of my personal favorite details of a wedding day, is of course the flowers. I’m such a sucker for the alters, tablescapes, and entrances that are decked in fresh blooms! I am so excited for the 2019 wedding season because that means more opportunities to photograph gorgeous flowers!
Since we’re still at the beginning of the year, some of you might have not even started considering what kinds of flowers or bouquets you want for your upcoming wedding! Whether you’re frantically searching for 2019 bouquet ideas, or haven’t even had the time to start brainstorming, I think you’ll find this post to be insightful! Below I’ve listed six different ideas for your wedding flowers. Either bookmark this tab, or start taking notes because this is going to give you all the inspiration you need!
We’ve all been there. You’re both sitting on the couch, scrolling on your phones. Either having fomo of all the things your friends are doing, or frantically searching Facebook for local events. You WANT to go do something, but you’re not sure what. Going on a fancy date every week isn’t sustainable. And sometimes you don’t even want to leave the house! Yet, staying on the couch scrolling through your feed is the last thing you want to do with your night.
Today I decided to give you not just 20 ideas for things to do when those days hit, but I also broke it down in different budgets. These four categories can help you get off the couch, shut off your phone, and do something a little more exciting for your next impromptu date night!
One of the most important, yet most often overlooked, part of your wedding day is constructing the family timeline. This is a separate document from your Day Of timeline, but equally as important!
A few months before your wedding day, sit down with your fiancé and think over all the formal photos you will want. Think aunts, cousins, best friends. You will want a written list of these names, and the exact order and combinations. Depending on whether or not you decided to do a first look, this could all happen during cocktail hour. The last thing you would want is for your guests to miss out! With this list, your guests will have enough time to enjoy your beautiful wedding without the stress, and be ahead of your day of timeline. If you are opting to do these photos after the first look, keep in mind how much time you have to keep the bride tucked away before guests arrive.
Yes, you read that right. I could talk for days on how to get your perfect wedding dress, but how about a little love for the handsome suits out there! Whether you yourself are looking for some advice on getting the right suit, or you’re on the hunt for the right look for the wedding party, this post will give you ALL you need.
A fitted and well cared for tuxedo or suit will make a world of a difference to the style and elegance of the wedding day. Sure, the decor might look nice, and the dress might bring to you a lot of compliments, but if the guys aren't put together the photos will look unprepared or unfinished. So today I want to give you five of my best tips to avoid any mishaps and take your gorgeous event to the next level!